Bird scooters have taken...

Bird scooters have taken over the University of Michigan campus in the past few days, as the company has taken steps on an unveiling plan on university campuses. The scooters are electric and can be locked and unlocked with an app. Riders pay an initial fee of $1.00 and an additional $0.15 every minute. The scooters go up to 15 mph and have quickly become a huge hit on campus with hundreds of students using the scooters and posting about them on social media. I wanted to see people's opinions on the scooters. As we all know, walking to and from class, especially in the winter, can be a tedious and time-consuming process. These scooters help to limit that, but they also pose some problems. The safety aspect of these scooters is probably the biggest problem. While the scooters do suggest that their riders wear helmets, I have yet to see anyone wear a helmet on a Bird and do not know of anyone who does. Furthermore, 15 mph is a fast speed to be weaving through crowds of students. People walking around campus are often in headphones and/or locked into their phones, completely oblivious to their surroundings. Crashing into people can cause serious harm to both the rider and the person getting hit, as well as people in the immediate surrounding area. The app, which shows users where Birds are around town and their charge levels, also requires users to enter their driver's license information prior to their first ride, an intelligent safety feature. However, the app does not check for much else, such as sobriety or driving history. An inebriated person can easily gain access to a bird and use it. This poses a serious threat as drunk drivers would very well be putting all those around them, themselves included, in serious danger. While they are very helpful and a cool and fun toy to play with, Bird scooters pose many problems. I want to know what people think the University will do about the new Bird scooters, if anything. Do they pose serious enough threats to warrant meaningful action from local Ann Arbor officials? to learn more about the scooters for anyone unfamiliar with them, please check out the link below: https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2018/09/electric_bird_scooters_spotted.html
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